Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed the nation on the outbreak of novel coronavirus, a deadly virus that has claimed over 9,000 lives across the globe and has affected over 2 lakh people.
The prime minister said that even as it may seem that India has been relatively protected from the Covid-19 outbreak, it was not true. “For the last few days, it looks like if we are safe from [novel] coronavirus. This belief is not right.
The PM said that while the government was keeping a close watch on the track record of the spread of novel coronavirus, for a developing country like India with a large population, novel coronavirus was not a normal situation. “Hence, it is very important for every Indian to remain aware and alert,” the prime minister said.
PM Modi urged every Indian to resolve to fight against the Covid-19 and exhibit restraint by practicing social distancing and avoiding hoarding.
In his 30 minute speech, PM Narendra Modi assured the nation that the supply of essential services will not be hampered while the country fights the disease. He also urged people with a relatively better financial situation to be kind and humane towards their employees or domestic help during the time of crisis.
Here are the key takeaways from PM Modi’s address to the nation on novel coronavirus:
Resolve and restrain
PM Modi said that every Indian must commit to fighting against the outbreak of novel coronavirus with resolve and restraint. PM Modi, in his address to the nation, urged each Indian to commit to the fight against Covid-19 to help curb its spread and stay safe.
“Resolution and restraint are very important in combat against this global epidemic. As citizens, people need to strengthen their resolve to follow the advisories issued by state and central governments to fight,” PM Modi said.
“Restrain is compulsory to protect ourselves and remain healthy. I request that for the coming weeks people should go out of their homes only if essential,” he said.
Do not leave home unless absolutely needed
The PM asked everyone to stay at home as much as possible. PM Modi said that social distancing was a crucial and effective method to ensure that deadly novel coronavirus is contained.
“Everyone, except those in essential services like government jobs and medical facilities, must try to stay at home as much as possible. Go out only if it absolutely necessary. Even then do not meet people or stand in groups,” he said.
The prime minister especially urged people above the age of 60 to not venture out of their homes for the next few weeks.
Don’t strain health care services
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that people must avoid going to hospitals for regular health check-ups. “I request the countrymen to avoid visiting hospitals for routine check-ups. If you have an appointment for any non-essential surgery, please postpone it for one month. We should keep in mind that pressure should not come on hospitals,” the PM said.
“If you still need an urgent consult, try to get in touch with a family doctor or a doctor who might be a relative to get a consult over the phone. But do not go to hospitals as it will put pressure on the health care facilities,” he said.
The PM also requested the countrymen to reschedule any elected surgeries.
No scarcity of essential commodities
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured the nation that no essential services like ration and milk be affected by the current restraints imposed in view of coronavirus outbreak.
Addressing the nation on Covid-19, PM Modi said that even as the country has been put under several restrictions to avoid the spread of the deadly disease, the supply of essential services like food items will not be affected.
“I appeal to all not to go into panic buying to store essential commodities. Steps being taken to ensure that there is no scarcity of essential commodities,” the prime minister said.
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The PM asked people across India to observe a janata curfew on Sunday, March 22. “On 22nd March, from 7 am to 9 pm, all countrymen have to follow ‘Janta Curfew’. If possible, please call at least 10 people every day and tell them about the ‘Janata Curfew‘ as well as the measures to prevent,” the PM said in his address to the nation.
During the Janata Curfew, people are requested to avoid public spaces and stay home for 14 hours in the view of the novel coronavirus outbreak which has affected over 100 countries across the world.
People working in essential services such as police, medical services, media, home delivery, fire fighting and serving the nation, etc will not need to take part in the janata curfew.
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At 5 pm on March 22, all the citizens are requested by the prime minister to encourage the people working in essential services, in the times of coronavirus, by standing in their doorways and clapping and ringing their bells.
“For the past two months, millions are working day and night in hospitals and airports and those serving others by not taking care of themselves. On March 22, at 5 pm, we should stand on our doorways, balconies, in our windows and keep clapping hands and ringing the bells for five minutes to salute and encourage them,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi also urged economically comfortable people to be considerate towards their employees and domestic help. “Please take care of their health and do not deduct their salaries for this duration as they also need money to keep their families safe and buy medicines,” the PM said.
Economic Response Task Force
The prime minister said that the government has set up a constitute COVID-19 Economic Response Task Force under Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The task force will remain in regular touch with all stakeholders, take their feedback and make decisions accordingly.
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